Wynn seeks shareholder meeting to vote on Okada removal

LOS ANGELES Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:56pm EST

Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (L) and Universal Entertainment Corporation CEO Kazuo Okada are shown in this combination photo dated December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Staff/Files

Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn (L) and Universal Entertainment Corporation CEO Kazuo Okada are shown in this combination photo dated December 13, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Staff/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Wynn Resorts Ltd (WYNN.O) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Wynn said his company will call a special shareholder meeting to vote on removing dissident former shareholder, and Japanese billionaire, Kazuo Okada from the casino company's board of directors.

Wynn Resorts will file a proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the proposed vote, the company said on Thursday.

The planned vote is the culmination of a nearly year-long battle between Wynn and Okada, who heads Universal Entertainment Corp 6425.OS, and is Japan's largest pachinko manufacturer. Okada was also Wynn's partner and largest investor until their dispute erupted in early 2012.

Wynn told Reuters the company decided to take this new action because the dispute was threatening growth and investment.

(Editing by Ron Grover, Mary Milliken and Carol Bishopric)

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